ANOTHER caravan bound for the U.S. is formed by Salvadoran migrants – as 1,700 Hondurans cross the border into Guatemala after being granted visas

Thursday, January 17, 2019
By Paul Martin

At least 150 Salvadoran migrants have formed into a caravan and are heading towards the US border
They plan to join at least 1,700 Hondurans who have already crossed into Guatemala on their way to America
Honduran caravan was allowed to cross the border after applying for 90-day visas from the government
Migrants say rampant crime and lack of opportunity has left them with no choice but to seek a life elsewhere

17 January 2019

A new migrant caravan began snaking its way towards the US on Wednesday after 150 Salvadorans hit the road in search of a better life abroad.

The group was pictured walking along a highway in El Salvador’s capital of San Salvador as it makes its way towards a much larger caravan of at least 1,700 Hondurans, which has already crossed into Guatemala.

The Hondurans made the crossing at the Agua Caliente border point on Wednesday, around 80 miles ahead of the Salvadoran caravan, after many of them were granted 90-day visas by the Guatemalan government.

Donald Trump has previously threatened to cut aid to Guatemala – which received $257million in 2017 – if it does not do more to stop the migrant caravans.

Speaking about their reasons for leaving, those in the El Salvador caravan cited violence and a lack of work as their main reasons for going.

‘I can’t stay. I’m leaving because the gangs have threatened me – either I join them, or they’ll kill me,’ said Adonay Hernandez, 22, who was carrying just $20 in his pocket but was confident he will make it to relatives in North Carolina. ‘God is my shield,’ he said.

Others hoped to find a better life in Mexico, where they have options for applying for refuge and work permits.

‘I know that in Mexico they are helping us,’ said Franklin Martinez, a 34-year-old traveling with his partner and their 2½-year-old daughter.

‘We are going to ask for refuge and we are going to stay and work. After we have saved enough, perhaps we will go to the United States, but our goal is to make it to Mexico.’

Liduvina Margarin, vice minister for Salvadorans abroad, met with the migrants before they left a downtown plaza to warn them about the dangers of the northward route. She told them that more than half the Salvadorans who left in caravans have returned to the country.

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